Javascripts effects library

script.aculo.us version 1.5.0 was released yesterday. One can do quite fancy stuff with that library. However, it does come with an increased total file size for the web site. So alternatives have been popping up like moo.fx which aims to be a “superlightweight, ultratiny, megasmall javascript effects library” to quote the home page:

moo.fx is not a replacement for script.aculo.us or other effects libraries. It’s just a little alternative for people (like me) that do not need more than just simple, basic effects (and want to keep their filesize small).

I haven’t played with moo.fx yet but I plan to get around to it soon.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I watched the latest Harry Potter movie yesterday and the movies just get better and better. On the other hand the books have just got more and more interesting, so I guess it comes naturally.

To be fair the first few books were quite childish but later on when Harry has grown up a bit the intrigues thicken and they have done a good job transforming the darker feel of the fourth book to the movie screen.

As always when it’s a Potter movie the scenery is just amazing and the magical effects quite astounding. I highly recommend you go see the movie if you are a Potter fan!

New look and new concept

I was quite happy with the K2 theme for wordpress but I wanted to change to something more simple. So I switched to a theme suitable called Simplicity which I’ve started to modify and I’m sure I’ll change into something completely unrecognisable when I’m finished.

As part of the new concept there is only one post per page and I’ll try to write a new post every day. It’s funny, I usually have something I want to write about but I can’t find the time or go through the hassle of writing, spell checking and posting to the site. So I skip writing. By this new design I try to make sure I write at least something each day. Let’s see how long it works 🙂

Long week no posts

I’ve been busy this week doing work stuff mostly, I did go out running on Wednesday night which gave me a sore throat that’s been with me since. But mostly it’s been an uneventful week hence the lack of posts.

Today I changed so the google ads are only shown when a visitor gets here from an external site, on the other hand they are in the middle of the screen instead. It’ll be interesting to see if it makes any change. I get so little traffic anyways, so I doubt it.

Now I’m off to get a whisky for my throat!

Christian Kjellvander live @ Katalin, Uppsala

Yesterday I went to see the start of Christian Kjellvander’s latest tour at the amazing place Katalin in Uppsala. It was fantastic! Christian was brilliant and even better live as my friends have been telling me.

The show was divided into two sets, the first set with new songs from the latest album Faya. It was good, the newer material gets better the more you hear it but I still need to listen it through a few times more. The new album requires more effort from the listener than the previous ‘Songs from a two room chapel’ where you already had a few favourite songs after the first listening.

The second set with older songs rocked, it was a mix of songs from ‘Songs from a two room chapel’ and old goodies like Paige from ‘Songs of soil – The painted trees of ghostwood’ and I think there was some Loosegoats material thrown in as well which I didn’t recognize.

The encores were amazing! Christian did a totally amazing version of Allelujah which I never wanted to end.

This was the start of the tour and it’s already amazing. Let’s hope Christian and the band can keep up the energy and inspiration for the whole tour!

Anna + Idde

Anna Stadling och Idde Schultz – kanske senaste kända från att vara med i Hovet, bandet som Lars Winnerbäck brukar spela med. Har släppt en EP “Anna + Idde: Öde stranden” som en försmak på det album som är planerat till februari.

Anna och Idde gör egna tolkningar på svenska klassiker från mestadels 60- och 70-talet. Deras version av John Holms “Den öde stranden” är helt underbar. Det är helt klart värt att köpa EPn bara för att få lyssna på den.

EPn ger mersmak och jag ser med spänning fram emot vintern och deras album.

Besök Anna + Iddes hemsida.

Tomas Andersson Wij – Tomas Andersson Wij

Jag är faktiskt inte säker på om jag tycker det här albumet är något vidare. Det känns som han har utvecklats och gått i en riktning mot något som inte direkt faller mig i smaken. Det är moloket och dystert men inte personligt så att det engagerar.

Dock finns det en ljusglimt på skivan i Värmlands Indianer. Jag hörde den låten första gången för runt ett år sedan när Tomas spelade på Katalin i Uppsala. Det var bara han och en samling av gitarrer på scenen när han spelade Värmlands Indianer. Jag satt vid ett bord och fick gåshud – så bra var det.

Versionen på skivan är mer arrangerad men så gott som lika bra. Varje gång jag försöker lyssna igenom hela skivan så blir det att jag hoppar till Värmlands Indianer och stannar där. Det är där jag känner igen den Tomas Andersson Wij jag lärde känna på Stjärnorna I Oss.

Den Tomas jag tycker om.

Den Tomas jag saknar.

Climbing gear

I’ve picked up a new hobby climbing. It’s mad fun!

At first I was a bit skeptical but I went to a try-out session which was alright, so I signed up for the compulsory course to be allowed to climb indoors at Stallet in Uppsala. After the course when I was free to climb by myself it started to be a lot more fun. Suddenly it’s all about competing with yourself and it’s fun to see the progress from time to time. What felt impossible the previous time is a piece of cake the next. It’s amazing.

Naturally you need quite some amount of equipment. I bought the following which is quite good beginner-level stuff:

  • Snap Open Air harness
  • Free climbing Redpoint shoes
  • Faders HMS screwgate carbiner
  • Snap Cyclop belay device
  • Snap Vexcap chalk bag

I’ve used the new equipment for two sessions now and so far it’s worked perfectly.

Now I’m just waiting for the spring so I can try outdoor climbing but for now, during the cold dark Swedish winter, indoor climbing will have to do.

Kent – The Hjärta & Smärta (EP)

Denna EP känns som ett steg tillbaka till det yngre tidigare Kent. Lite mer avskalat där Jocke Bergs sång får mer utrymme och tar ett steg framåt i ljudbilden. De spår på EPn som utmärker sig tycker jag är Dom Som Försvann och Vi Mot Världen.

Jag hörde Dom Som Försvann på P3 när jag stod och väntade på bussen i morse. Direkt så kände jag igen det som Kent även fast jag inte visste att dom hade släppt en ny EP. Det som dock utmärker denna låt som något speciellt är användandet av en barnkör.